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Science & Environment
May 2 2012 7:54AM
 
'Supermoon' - biggest full moon of the year
Supermoon. Picture: Supplied
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Gugu Myeni

The largest moon, which has been dubbed "super moon" is expected to make an appearance on May 5, around the world. 

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) the moon will appear about 14% larger and 30% brighter than average and will be slightly be closer to earth from skywatchers perspective.

The moon on one side (perigee) will be about 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other (apogee).

The last time this occured was on March 19, 2011. The supermoon could cause tides to rise around the world.

In most places, lunar gravity at perigee pulls tide waters only a few centimeters higher than usual.

'To view this weekend's supermoon to best effect, look for it just after it rises or before it sets, when it is close to the horizon. There, you can catch a view of the moon behind buildings or trees, an effect which produces an optical illusion, making the moon seem even larger than it really is,' said Space.com.

NASA reported that there are no dangers to be expected during this occurance.

"Close the drapes on May 5, otherwise enjoy the super moon light."

gugum@thenewage.co.za

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